ACE relocated its headquarters from SoHo to Queens to increase space. Their new home features two classrooms, a computer lab and a common space. In addition, case managers have their own private offices to meet with clients privately.
“It allows a level of comfort where we’re able to build trust, maintain trust and really delve into the issues that will help our clients move forward in their careers,” said Travis Tinney, ACE’s director of development.
Tinney also said the recent real estate and business boom in Long Island City would offer new opportunities for its workers to find full-time employment in the area.
“We look forward to seeing our placement rates continue to grow,” he said.
ACE founder Henry Buhl said the program has doubled its budget to over $4 million in the last five years, which has allowed it to keep up with the rising homeless population. He explained the program would continue to maintain its momentum to help more homeless men and women in the coming years.
“We believe that the city could learn from ACE and compel New York’s homeless to take more education and hands-on training,” Buhl said.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced he would allocate $60,000 to the program.
“Everybody wants clean streets, but everybody should also want to make sure that we do everything we can to eliminate homelessness in the city of New York,” he said.
ACE executive director Jim Martin said he was hopeful the program would continue to help people take control of their lives and reconnect with their families, as well as become functioning members of society.
“ACE’s thing is to give folks a second chance, and I hope that this place leads to that,” he said.